Past Commander of Winthrop American Legion and Former President of IBEW
Robert C. “Jake” Bowditch of St. Augustine, Fla., passed away March 13 at the Bailey Center for Caring. He was 74 years old.
Born in Winthrop, he has resided in St. Augustine since 2001, moving from the Boston area.
Jake was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served three tours in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged after 10 years of service. He then began a career as a fire systems inspector until his retirement.
He was past commander of the American Legion Post 146 in Winthrop, former president of the IBEW, a member of the Marine Cryptologic Association, the Marine Corps League and St. Anastasia Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Bowditch of St. Augustine; son, Paul Flegle (Erin) of Longmont, Colo.; sisters in law: Kathleen Cowperthwaite (Ken), Shirley Whittier, all of St. Augustine, Elinor Whittier of Naples; brothers-in-law, Stephen Whittier (Claire) of Palm Coast, Paul Whittier (Susanne) of St. Augustine; two grandchildren, Kinlyn and Nylee Flegle; and his cousin, Billy O’Neill of Hull.
A memorial service was held at St. Johns Family Funeral Home, St. Augustine. Interment with military honors was at Jacksonville National Cemetery.
American Airlines Retiree
John R. Sweeney Jr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C., passed away peacefully with his loving wife by his side at South Strand Emergency Medical Center on March 4. He was 75 years old.
The son of the late Lillian and John R. Sweeney Sr., he was a graduate of Vesper George College of Arts in Boston, School of St. Philip Neri in Boston and St. Francis University in Loretto, PA. He served in the U.S. Air Force and saw service in
Alaska, Vietnam and The Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He recently was given a commendation medal for his duty in Vietnam.
He worked as the Vice President of Sweeney News Service and of multiple companies, later retiring from American Airlines in 2014. He was a communicant at St. Michael’s Church in Garden City, S.C., Ste. Marie Church of Manchester, N.H. and St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop, where he was born.
John leaves behind his devoted wife of 48 years, Linda Sweeney of Myrtle Beach, SC; children: Bradley Fair and his wife, Patricia of Butler, Penn., Heather Sweeney Shattuck of Winthrop,
Heidi Sweeney Tatelman and her husband, Stephen of Georgetown, John Sweeney III and his wife, Katherine of Windham, N.H., James Russel Sweeney and his wife, Athena of Londonderry, N.H., Joseph Robert Sweeney and his wife, Madelyn of Windham, N.H. and Hope Sweeney Caldwell and her husband, Kenneth of Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren: Stephen Putney,
Jonathan Fair, Katrine Fair, Emmalyn Fair, Cameron Sweeney, Lila Tatelman, Liam Caldwell, Aaron Sweeney, Andrew Sweeney, Dylan Driggers; his siblings: Mark G. Sweeney and Jane Sweeney Carideo, both of Winthrop, and Maura Sweeney Doyle of Dorchester as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, N.H. Interment was at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.
Retired Delta Airlines Flight Attendant
Patricia M. Connors of Governors Drive, Winthrop passed away at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston on March 15. She was 73 years old.
Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, she was the beloved daughter of the late Virginia M. (Carey) and Henry F. Connors. She was a graduate of Bishop Fenwick High School and went on to work as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines for over 30 years.
She was the devoted wife of Alfred F. Bell and the dear sister of Judy Sanborn of Billerica, Dennis Connors of Peabody and the late David Connors and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
A funeral service was held in the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 19. Committal was private.
The family would like to thank the Don Orione Nursing Home and Staff, especially the nurses and aides, for their compassionate care during Patricia’s time there.
Owner of Allure Salon in Everett
Loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 19 at the Wing Fook Funeral Home, 13 Gerard St., Boston for Doan M. Le, who passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, March 12 after a most courageous battle with cancer at the Care Dimension Hospice House in Lincoln. She was 43 years old. Born in Vietnam, Doan came to the United States in 1989. She furthered her education by studying business and real estate and earned her cosmetology license. She worked diligently in an elite salon until she reached her goal of opening her own business, Allure Salon in Everett.
She was very successful and all her clients and employees loved her for the beautiful person she was.
In 2004, on her birthday, she married the love of her life, George Rozantes (owner of George’s Autobody in East Boston). The couple had a Las Vegas wedding and began their life together residing in Winthrop.
An avid world traveler, Doan Le will be most remembered for always being fashionable, creative and for having an extremely kind spirit. She would always make time to help anyone in need. Her determination and countless acts of kindness is her legacy.
She was the beloved wife of George Rozantes of Winthrop; loving mother of Raymond Phan, Brian Phan, and Ruth Rozantes; the cherished daughter of Anna Le of Boston and the dear sister of Thuy Le, Michael Le, Tu Le, Kieu Le of and the late Doa Le. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Doan will be always be remembered, loved, and missed. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Boston.